You're all amazing!
March 22, 2017
EVENT DATE: May 07, 2017
I'd like to start this off with a little bit about me, but I'll try keep it short.
Why am I doing this? Simple, I've always been passionate about helping others. In high school as a peer councillor is where I first felt the connection between myself and troubled/at risk youth. Over a decade later, and after not pursuing a career in the health field, I want to be more involved in the community and this is where I've chosen to start.
What am I doing? On Sunday May 7th I'll be running the BMO full marathon, which will be my 4th full marathon. The difference is I've signed up as a Charity runner, and my goal is to raise a minimum of $300 to contribute to the CMHA. A charity runner means a discount in price, and that discount will be donated directly to this fund as my start off!
Why did I choose the CMHA? Those who know me know I have anxiety, and while it is easily managed, that wasn't always the case. As a teenager, I wasn't aware of resources which could have eased my high school years and made sense of a range emotions and issues I faced in silence. To my friends affected, family affected, and younger me -- this runs for you <3>
The Bigger Picture
There are currently 3.2 million Canadian youth between the ages of 12 and 19 who are at risk of developing a mental illness. Stats show only 1/5 gain access to the necessary health services needed in time and early intervention is crucial in order for individuals to reach their maximum potential. While the CMHA provides assistance to over 100,000 Canadians accross the Country in 120 communities, there is much, much more support needed.
So, what can we do to support our community and the mental health of others? There are a couple opportunities I've listed below!
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You can start by going online and doing some research so you better understand the range of illnesses that are present and affecting the hundreds of thousands in our country. The more we know, the better we understand and the easier we can detect signs and work towards getting our loved ones the necessary support. Lets not forget that knowledge will get us significantly closer to ending the stigma that's deeply surrounding Mental Health illnesses and addictions. http://vancouver-fraser.cmha.bc.ca/document-category/mental-illnesses/
You can sign up to volunteer at several upcoming events which sponsor and raise funds for the CMHA, or sign up for ongoing volunteering at Health Fairs and Thrift stores. http://vancouverfraser.cmha.bc.ca/volunteer/
Lastly but not least, you can simply donate to the CMHA directly, through my crowdrise fundraising page I've set here! Your generosity is greatly appreciated, and will go towards providing the best opportunity available for personal growth and success to those in our direct community in need (Fraser-Vancouver Branch)